Target: Leader of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov
Goal: Grant LGBT community the right to express their orientation and get married
As the United States and other first world countries are granting rights to the LGBT community, Crimea, a region annexed by Russia, is denying this right to their people. With threats of unleashing the police and security forces upon the community if they do not follow traditional family values, the leader of Crimea must realize that he is violating international human rights law. Urge Sergei Aksyonov, the de facto leader of Crimea to uphold these rights and allow the LGBT community to express their sexual orientation and marry whomever they wish.
Officials from Crimea have stated that sexual minorities in Crimea “have no chance” of winning any rights, illustrating the disturbing and corrupt government that is currently in place. During a government session, leader Sergei Aksyonov stated that “we in Crimea don’t need such people.” He further elaborated and said that if anyone tried to hold a LGBT gathering “our police and self-defense forces will react immediately and in three minutes will explain to them what kind of sexual orientation they should stick to.” These comments are infuriating and extremely derogatory. Aksyonov should not be so willing to unleash security forces upon the public, especially when the LGBT community is trying to express their sexual orientation in a peaceful fashion.
With Crimea’s annexation to Russia, the region must follow the laws of their country. President Vladimir Putin recently signed an anti-gay law that punishes those who host events that promote homosexuality to minors. Many human rights experts have decried the law as being discriminatory and prejudiced. A gay pride event that was supposed to take place in Sevastopol was cancelled, and when Sochi hosted the Olympics, many gay athletes and audience members were greatly concerned about their human rights. The leader of Crimea should not deny the LGBT community the right to express their orientation, and the country should permit same sex marriages.
Dear Sergei Aksyonov,
You’ve recently released a scathing comment regarding the rights of the LGBT community which has angered not just the community, but the rest of the world. These comments are prejudiced, offensive, and reek of discrimination. The people of Crimea should have the right to express their sexual orientation, but you are instead threatening peaceful demonstrators. The police and security forces shouldn’t be called in to handle a demonstration, they should be called in when violence has erupted.
This perspective must change for the good of your people. I urge you to grant the LGBT community their rights, otherwise many citizens will be unhappy and resentful of their government.
[Your Name Here]
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